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for the holiday. lawmakers try to strike a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. congress and the president on holiday break. some senators are expressing concern that a deal won't be met. if that happens households between 50 and 75,000 will see their taxes increase nearly $2400. households between half a million and a million would see an increase of $39,000. >>> as americans hit the road for holiday travel they'll be paying less at the gas pump. according to aaa, the national average is about $3.25 for a gallon of regular. that's down from a month ago >>> one item has made a big impact this holiday season. shoes are a top seller. the npd says the shoes are the most popular gift this season. experts say the trend makes sense because americans tend to give more practical gifts during economic downturns. send it back to you. >> erica ferrari. >> all right, erica. thanks. >> last check. >> santa is over the great wall of that. >> that's good timing. >> a billion and 100 million gifts already delivered. >> a billion -- i hope that's oneless for me. >> have you been good? >> i think i did pretty good. th
-bismol to-go. hours.. can congress come to a compromise? the fiscal cliff showdown resumes with face-to-face negotiations.. muni celebrates a big milestone.. and they're givg all of us a gift!! and.. putin puts a stop to l u-s adoptions.. why?? plus meet one family who's gotten stuck in the middle this international dispute. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning... beginng at 4:30. good morning. it's friday, ,,,, >>> here's look at forecast in some cities around the country. washington, d.c., partly sunny, 42. atlanta, partly sunny, 54. st. louis, cloudy, 38, denver, mostly cloudy, 33, seattle, mostly cloudy, 44 degrees. >>> here's another look at this morning's top stories. general norman swargts schwarzkopf died at his home yesterday in tampa, florida. he drove iraqi forces out of kuwait. he died from complications related to pneumonia. he was 78 years old. >>> and president obama meets with congressional leaders this afternoon at the white house to try to cut a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. in just four days across-the-board spending cuts take effect. >>> if p
a bill through congress before january 1. >>> reporter: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not -- you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise ho
. >>> in washington negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff are still struggling for survival. congress has five days to strike a deal before the end of the year deadline. president obama is on his way to washington this morning while senators are coming back to capitol hill. chip reid is at the capitol. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president arrived back in washington in a little bit more than an hour. the senate comes back tonight and the house it could be a couple of days. there is not the sense of urgency you would think there would be with a critical deadline looming. some members of congress admit they may well just go over the fiscal cliff and deal with it in january after the new congress is sworn in. leaving his family behind to continue their vacation without him, president obama boarded air force one early this morning and headed for washington to deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to ta
if the 112th congress can't figure out the fiscal cliff, he's ready to bring some small town solutions to capitol hill. >> so you really think you can take the city of dublin politics to washington and it's gonna work? >> at the end of the day, it's about personal relationships, trust, working together for the people who elected you. >> reporter: swalwell was a dublin city councilman and said he had to work with republicans in other words to pass the city budget. he says it's the same kind of compromise strategy in washington. >> i'm confident there can still be a budget beater here where we can beat the clock and deliver on middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: i asked him to give me one word to describe his feelings enter this fiscal cliff shark tank. >> exciting. >> you're excited? >> i'm confident that congress will see the will of the people. >> reporter: he says he's excited about making sure his supporters know he is ready to hit the pavement running. one supporter in particular. >> my own mom at christmas dinner told me, do not raise my taxes. she is following, just like other am
on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the nato base in kabul, sang some carols, then enjoyed a holiday dinner. >>> and coming up on the "morning news," he may be messy funny, jack klugman from "the odd couple "has died. a look back at his remarkable career. [ female announcer ] introducing u the latest coffee machine from nespresso. modular. intuitive. combines espresso and fresh milk. the new u. nespresso. what else? available at these fine retailers. >>> firefighters in california battled a raging river yesterday to rescue a homeless man. he was living on an island in the los angeles river and got into trouble after a fast-moving storm tore through the area. rescuers used an inflatable boat to reach the island and tossed ropes to the man which he tied around a tree. the man was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. >>> former president george h.w. bush is s
cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to consumer confidence falling to the lowest level since august. >>> the storm that moved across the country pushing northeast through new england after plowing through 30 states dumping snow, sleet and spawning dozens of tornadoes. edward lawrence has the latest. >> reporter: the northeast is dig out from a giant storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. >> it's the heaviest snow i can remember. it's shutting the machine down every time of you give it a little push. the ice just clogs it up. >> reporter: the storm started in california last weekend and crossed the country creating blizzards in the midwest and south. several people died in traffic accidents. and the roads remain dangerous for holiday travelers heading ho
wake up the deadline to the fiscal cliff is just 14 hours ai wa. there's no deal yet, but members of congress are heading back to capitol hill. first, breaking news on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. >> she's in a new york city hospital this morning being treated for a blood clot. doctors say it's related to a concussion that's kept her out of the office for the past three weeks. margaret brennan is in washington with the latest. margaret good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. secretary clinton is taking anti-coagulant to thin out the blood clot. doctors will monitor her for at least the next 48 hours. >> a warm welcome to the secretary of state. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital on sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during what was termed a follow-up exam to check on her recovery from a recent concussion. >> thank you very much. how are you? >> reporter: clinton's health scare began after she contracted a stomach illness following a whirl wind trip through eur
: the "fiscal cliff" is still a few days away. but business owners don carlino says he is already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they are apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not --you know, they are waiting to see what's going to happen with the "fiscal cliff." >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only
. >> and deadline day with the "fiscal cliff" just around the corner. why congress still can't close the deal. >> reporter: and we're live in san francisco, where firefighters are calling a house fire in the excelsior district suspicious. we'll tell you why and what may be behind the cause. ,,,, ,, it seems our angels have been busy building a new, stronger angel soft®. it's built with two softshield™ layers. stronger, holds up better, and still a value you love. new angel soft®. now stronger than ever. dance class, shopping, and more. so do something nice for it. chevron with techron. care for your car. house fire in san >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> arson investigators looking into a house fire here in san francisco. what made things so dangerous for the firefighters. >> skies clearing out very chilly around the bay area. will it rain on new year's eve? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and bart is offering extended service later on tonight for the new year's eve holiday. a check on that plus the rest of your morning commute. >>> good morning, everyone. it's mo
? >> with congress deadlocked over fiscal cliff negotiations, little else is getting done. one piece of legislation that awaits action is a new farm bill. if it's not passed, the price of milk, which is now $3.54 a gallon, could double. another bill languishing in congress is the emergency funding for states ravaged by superstorm sandy. the senate passed 60.4 billion in aid yesterday, but the house has yet to act. nine weeks after sandy hit, the need for help is immense. >> this is my house, this was my dream, you know, this was the american dream. >> reporter: when hurricanes or floods threaten pedro's house in the past, somehow it always survived. but as sandy belted sta ten island two months ago, correa knew right away this storm was different. >> i looked out the window and seen my car, it was moving. i said wow the win must be really ripping, and i looked closer and it was floating. >> reporter: he had already vaked his wife and two children. he and his brother were trying to save the house. sandy gave them no chance. >> out of the corner of my eye i see my neighbor's house floating, and it cr
cliff gets closer. congress now has six days to make a deal. they'll be back on capitol hill tomorrow, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would als
. nancy cordes, cbs news on capitol hill. >> jeff: the pressure on congress to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff is great. failure would be felt almost immediately in paychecks as taxes go up. and in financial markets as wall street reacts. even though the dow is up nearly 6% for the year if lost 2% this week as the deadline looms. for more on the potential impact of wall street i'm joined by jim awad chairman of plimsoll. let's talk about the fiscal uncertainity is figuring on wall street. >> it is figuring in an increasingly negative way. the markets are become increasingly concerned that business and consumers will pull back due to the uncertainty about tax and spending. and it's affecting the financial markets and the economy. >> jeff: a slow day tomorrow but how do you think we open? >> i think that if there is any rally it will be a fool's rallyment would you only get a rally if they announce something tonight. but the reality is that anything they announce would be light on fact and long on symbolic-- symbolism it wouldn't have a lot to do with entitlements. it wouldn't address the
the evening with his family. >>> it may be christmas eve but the fiscal cliff is not far from the minds of lawmakers. the president and congress left washington on friday for the holidays with a promise to return later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going t
with this fiscal cliff. again, a total lack of courage, lack of leadership. >> senator corker does congress realize how ridiculous this looks to the american public duelling press conferences, zero substance. we are minutes away from a deadline here and it doesn't look like anyone in washington is taking it seriously. >> i think most of us understand it. i think you guys know that i've laid out a very detailed bill to deal with it. i shared it with the white house, with speaker boehner, with leaders at every level. i've put forth an entitlement reform package. the problem is we don't want to face up to the tough issues that our nation is dealing with and yes, i think we understand that. we should not be having back room meetings. the reason we have the closed door meetings is again we don't have the courage to debate these issues out on the senate floor. >> so that no one gets the blame, instead everybody gets the blame. >> that's exactly right. >> i want to ask you a question about speaker boehner and plan b didn't work out, his own party didn't vote for it. >> right. >> i
:06. president obama flew back to washington from hawaii overnight to work on the plan to avoid the "fiscal cliff." cbs reporter tara mergener says congress remains gridlocked and fewer americans expect any progress before the new year. >>> reporter: senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year. and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short term spending cuts until a bigger dooley can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> reporter: while senators try to brave the bad weather that has hit many parts of the country, in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first. >> good morning? >> reporter: house republicans scuttled the proposal from speaker john boehner last week
of congress are trying to find a way to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff." lawmakers will also be back in session on thursday without a deal by the end of the year automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect. >>> starbucks is trying to do what it can to urge a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee chain is asking employees at its cafes in the d.c. area to write the words "come together" on cups for the next two days. starbucks plans to continue the effort on social media. >>> encouraging signs in the housing market. home prices rose in most major cities in october up more than 4% from a year earlier and october was the fifth straight month of year-over-year gains. taking a look at the big board now, you can see that stocks are down today in a light trading session. you can see the dow is down about 9 points. >>> a bay area family and the season of giving. how the kindness of strangers helped save a family's injured dog. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, donors for saving their dog. c-b-s-5 reporter christin ay >>> a you can bay area couple is thanking -- a young bay area couple is thanki
-called fiscal cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, harry reid said there will not be a deal tonight. >> there is a distance between the two sides, tpheg orbingiations continue. >> if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal, taxes will go up for almost every american, automatic cuts will kick in and millions will loose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i am will willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> they quickly cut the deficit by slowing the growth of social security but the senate says there is a little bit of movement when they are compromising which americans should should get ready to pay a higher tax rate. >> reporter: in an unusual move republicans here on capitol hill called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden, to help in negotiations, this as the white house puts the blame on the impasse on the gop. >> they say the biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way. the way they are behaving is the only priority is making sure tax breaks for the wealthie
the fiscal cliff is leaving the future uncertain for one law, and farmers depend on that law. >> reporter: eagle lake, texas, depends on rice. it's been grown here since the 1800s. drought is usually the biggest threat, but the nervous talk in the drugstore now is about congress. >> without the farm bill, it really makes it uncertain for what you should do next year. >> reporter: steve is a pharmacist here and a rice farmer. >> people are nervous. >> very nervous. >> what are they saying when they're coming in? what are you hearing? >> what do we do? they don't know what to do. it's so uncertain right now that the banks don't know what to do, the farmers don't know what to do. they're out there plowing the land, getting it all prepared for next year with total uncertainty. >> reporter: at stake? $154 billion in federal farm aid and crop insurance sidelined by the fiscal cliff stalemate. benefits from the farm bill also guarantee rice farmer l.g. ron that his costs are covered when crops are bad or demand drops. >> so you would be out of it if there was no subsidy? >> i will be looking for
the fiscal cliff in just hours, time is running out for congress to make a deal. and what a difference a day makes. on thursday, things looked bleak. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. >> o'donnell: it took a trip to the white house and a package scolding from the president. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> o'donnell: but by week's end, senate leaders agreed to make a last-ditch effort to get a deal. >> so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> i'm going to do everything i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. >> o'donnell: we'll have the
to describe his feelings entering this fiscal cliff shark tank. >> excitement. >> reporter: s this doomsday. >> but i'm confident -- this is doomsday. >> but i'm confident that congress will see the will of the people. >> reporter: he says he's excited about making sure his supporters know he is ready to hit the pavement running. one supporter in particular. >> my own mom at christmas dinner told me do not raise my taxes. she is following just like other americans what's going to happen with the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: representative elect swalwell says his new office in d.c. won't be much bigger, but the responsibilities monumental. his message? >> mom, i'm working for you. i'm receiving your text messages and i'm going to make sure that i stand up for you and the people who i grew up with. >> reporter: swalwell will be the second youngest member of congress when he's sworn in january 3rd. he leaves this sunday for washington d.c. to pick up his new keys to his office. in dublin juliette goodrich, cbs5. >> he better listen to mom. good luck. >>> a storm that left record snowfall in a
, they have taken off for the holiday. looks like we're headed over the fiscal cliff. the millions in cuts facing bay area cities. >>> plus, caught on camera. dramatic river rescue in l.a . a man clings to bushes for hours fighting that strong current. that is coming up at 6:00. >> one more week at the holiday week weather. >> reporter: it is amazing between this dance last december 20/09 comes -- this december and last december. five times as much snow this year compared to last year. early christmas present for the skiers. >> yeah. >> thanks for watching. >> glor: ton >> glor: tonight, firefighters ,mbushed. four volunteers targeted by a rs targe >> we're being shot at. multiple firemen down. >> glor: two are dead after responding to a house fire. fire.elrod has more. holiday storms potentially disrupting travel plans for l planss. snow moving from west to east, forecasters say tornados could out the south. down to the wire in the pivotal christmas shopping season. in john blacstone says many retailers will not be ohnebrating. celebratins to santa. >> "dear santa, are you getting ready a
a great holiday and thanks for that live interview. >>> well it is not just the fiscal cliff that we're closing in on. probably never heard of this one. there could be a dairy cliff beginning next year you could be paying as much as $7 for a gallon of milk. if congress doesn't step in. with all the concerns over the fiscal cliff, that we've just been talking about, several other legislative matters are falling by the wayside including a stalled farm bill. that includes the dairy subsidy and set to end january 1st sending us back to the 1950s policy requiring the government to buy milk at inflated prices and driving up the cost for everyone. >>> we need some good news. over to lawrence now and find out about rain that's coming. >> that big storm that's rolling into the bay area. happy holiday. yes, merry christmas to you and everyone and you're headed out today i hope you get the umbrella for christmas, maybe a rain jacket. you will need it today. already seeing some showers on the hi-def doppler radar showing up in the north bay right now. these just some scout showers really out ahe
. >>> it is not just the fiscal cliff that we're closing in on. a darely cliff? this is a new one. beginning next year you could be paying as much as $7 for a gallon of milk if congress doesn't step in. with all the concerns over the fiscal cliff, several other legislative matters are falling by the wayside. including a stalled farm bill that includes the dairy subsidy. it is set to end january 1st sending us all the way back to the 1950s policy requiring the government to buy milk at inflated prices. therefore driving up the cost for everyone. >>> i'm glad it's christmas. guess who's cozy by the fireplace here? our very own michelle griego sharing this photo from christmas eve. she doesn't know i'm sharing it with you -- >> i know. i know. >> she's at home with her family as you can see. they got the socks on. they're sitting on the couch. they're enjoying the fireplace. and the little socks to the far right is her 4-year-old daughter, my guess is giana is up and under the tree right now looking for goodies. >> that's so cute. i love that picture i think that's the future christmas card. >> i hope th
without a deal. hours before the nation is set to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> there are are still significant differences between the two sides, tpheg orbiations continue. >>> if respects and temaccurates can not strike a deal before midnight monday taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get had this done. i need a dance partner. >>> republicans introduced a proposal by slowing the growth of social security. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is a lot of give and take going on right now. but republicans don't want to see new revenues, in other words democrat tax increases being used for new spending. >> in an unusual move republicans here on capitol hill called on the nation's number 2 democrat, biden, to help with the negotiations, this has at white house places a lot of the blame on the g.o.p. >> they say their biggest prierity is making sure we deal with
over the "fiscal cliff"? the president cuts his christmas vacation short to get back to business. >> what a difference a letter makes. how this woman's skipped syllable cost her thousands. >> we want to know what did you get for the holidays that you wish you hadn't? comment on facebook or twitter, or email us at mornings@cbs5.com business in china. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the first trip was this mor, as passengers bo >>> the world's longest high- speed rail line is open for business in china. the first trip was this morning as passengers boarded a train in beijing. the line 1400 miles long. the trip takes 8 hours compared with more than 20 hours previously. >>> recent college graduates are struggling to get jobs in their feels of interest. according to the latest u.s. census figures, about 260,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in the row tail and food service industries. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figure i have to start here to get where i want to be. >> without higher paying jobs it's that much harder for college graduate
this so-called fiscal cliff? >> that's a really good question. it's one of the reasons i'm pretty excited about the fact we already acted. we acted several months ago to extend the tax cuts for all americans. we don't have to go over the cliff. there is a piece of legislation that has passed house, which is good-- >> schieffer: well, craig shirley, who is a republican operative tauthor, observer, was quoted as saying if we were in a parliamentary system, what happened to speaker boehner would have been viewed as a vote of no confidence. do you think speaker boehner ought to step aside and let somebody else try to get this done? >> speaker boehner will be the speaker next year, without any question. the onus right now is on senator reid and the president to come up with a solution, make it a piece of legislation, pass it through the senate, present it to the house, and let's get back to the bargaining table. the american people deserve for both houses to do something and ask the president to sign it. >> schieffer: well, are you saying that the house, speaker boehner, should take no respons
on the "fiscal cliff" clock. >> not likely to make a deal before the 1st. >> reporter: cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman says this is washington politics at its worst. >> the only thing that's going to force both sides to negotiate is going over the deadline. people will vote for it. they will be able to say exactly the opposite. >> reporter: in the meantime, consumers suffer. that's because we're about to take the plunge off the dairy cliff. a farm bill expires at the end of the year meaning the government reverts back to the 63-year-old pricing formula for milk and those costs are passed to you. nogallon of milk is about $3.50
weapons. >> glor: margaret brennan, thank you. there are eight days now until fhe fiscal cliff of big tax increases for most americans. and across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget. even with congress adjourned and president obama out of town, erme lawmakers today talked about a last minute deal. >> my own belief is what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer, split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion already done. that would be close to the $4 trillion we need to stabilize the debt and begin to bring it down. >> i would vote for revenues, including tax rate hikes even ugh ih i don't like them, to get a-- to save the country from becoming greece, tax rate hikes are part of the solution driven by the president. but he's going to get tax rate hikes. ratey republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the american public from a tax hike that is not a tax increase in my books. >> glor: with christmas just two nuys away last minute gift buyers are out. today shopper track sa
, the president said he es modestly optimistic about a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would mean avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts come january 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hourlong meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. they appear to remain deadlocked on who exactly will pay those higher taxes. wo have two reports tonight, beginning with major garrett at the white house. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. two things are clear tonight arat were not clear this morning: progress is real, and if a deal is reached, it will be ir smaller than any of the key players envisioned only a couple weeks ago. is this deal, if it's to be reached, will not be the so- called grand bargain with trillions of dollars of deficit lionction. in fact, jeff, it's not even clear this deal-- again, if there is one-- would stop the across-the-board spending cuts ulr the defense department and peher government programs. it looks like those cu
because of the "fiscal cliff." if you are on extended unemployment, those checks could also disappear by next friday. with no deal in congress, the jobless benefits end. and for those depend on the on those extend and unemployment checks on a weekly basis, right now will be the time to ration food since it's still not certain that there are benefits coming next week. and for those trying to plan ahead for anyone about to pass, the inheritance cast could shoot up to 50% if we go over the cliff. and not to mention the stock market, we all know that investors do not like uncertainty. so really hitting us from all sides. >> it's like we have one foot over the cliff already. >>> did you give thought to the "fiscal cliff" when doing your christmas shopping? many americans did because cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us retail numbers weren't good. >> reporter: i'm at union square which is mobbed. it's swinging. i spent the day here and it didn't get active until a couple of hours ago and as i look around, i don't see a lot of people with bags. i'm not sure they're shopping. but the retail
. >> the true heroes:. >>> well on this christmas eve, the fiscal cliff is one day closer. much of the talk in congress on sunday focused on who's to blame for the lack of a deal. there are eight days left for lawmakers to head off mandatory budget cuts and tax hikes, and nancy cordes is in honolulu where president obama is having his christmas vacation. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, rebecca. it's almost as if the president and congressional leaders have called a sort of time-out when it comes to the fiscal cliff. there are no major discussions going on right now about what to do now that talks between the president and the speaker appear to have stalled. in fact, the president and senate majority leader harry reid were both here in honolulu yesterday for the funeral of hawaii senator daniel inouye. we're told they didn't really discuss what to do next. before he left washington the president urged leaders to craft a sort of scaled down plan that simply extends the bush tax rates for the middle class and extends long-term unemployment benefits
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for that. >>> it is 5:17 now. >>> a bleak outlook for avoiding the fiscal cliff. with the new year approaching washington's failure to reach a compromise is affect americans' confidence. taxes will go up on january 1st if they don't reach a deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward -- it protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eye can see and hurt jobs. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and c
"fiscal cliff. >> i'm confident there can still be a buzzer beater here where we can beat the clock and deliver on middle class taxes. >> congressman swalwell will be the second youngest member congress to be sworn in on january 3. he leaves sunday for d.c. to pick up his new keys to his office. >> good luck. >>> next week secretary of state hillary clinton is going back to work at the state department after a three-week hiatus. you may recall she has been recovering from a concussion she suffered when she fainted while fighting a stomach virus. a spokesman says clinton is look forward to resuming her schedule. on that schedule, testifying before congress about the deadly attacks on a u.s. consulate in libya this past september. >>> russia is work on talks to end a 21-month-old conflict in syria. the syrian government is ready to talk with its opponents. now russian's foreign minister is calling on syria to make good on the offer. they are working with egyptian diplomats. russia expects to meet a senior american diplomat next month on the issue. >>> "stormin' norman has died. retire
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